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Robert Stevens Elliott
May 26, 1929 - June 20, 2020
Menlo Park, California

Tags: veteran, business

Robert Stevens Elliott passed away peacefully on June 20th at Webster House in Palo Alto. He was born on May 26, 1929 in Melrose, MA. The eldest of three children, Bob was raised in nearby Middleton, RI, the location of St. George’s School, where his father was a science teacher. Rob was graduated from Northfield Mount Hermon Preparatory School in Massachusetts before receiving his collegiate...

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Gordon Howard Bower
Dec. 30, 1932 - June 17, 2020
Stanford, California

Tags: teacher/educator

Gordon H. Bower—who won the National Medal of Science for experimental psychology research at Stanford University—died peacefully with his family in his campus home on June 17. Gordon served as chief scientific advisor to the National Institutes of Mental Health and enjoyed 48 years of continuous NIMH funding. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Society of Experime...

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Ralph Everett Townsend
March 6, 1933 - June 17, 2020
Portola Valley, California

Tags: veteran

Ralph Everett Townsend, Jr. passed away peacefully on June 17th of natural causes. He was born on March 6th, 1933 in Spokane, Washington and spent his childhood in Avery, Idaho. There he developed a fervent love for the railroad that passed through town, and his father worked as Station Master for the historic Avery Train Depot. Avery was a tiny town, and reminiscing about his 8th grade graduat...

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John Michael Jakubiak
Sept. 23, 1934 - June 14, 2020
Palo Alto, California

Tags: arts/media

John Michael Jakubiak, 85, a 50-year resident of Palo Alto, died June 14, 2020. He was born Sept. 23, 1934 in New Kensington, PA. John had no biological children but was an amazing step-father. After graduating with a Masters degree in philosophy from the University of Munich, Germany, he spent several years exploring Europe before making his home in Palo Alto, where he eventually met the love of ...

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Ronald John Leung
Oct. 10, 1947 - June 13, 2020
Palo Alto, California

Tags: business, public service

After a courageous battle with cancer, Ronald Leung aka “Ducky”, 72 passed away peacefully in his Palo Alto home surrounded by loved ones. He was born in Bremerhaven Germany as the youngest child of the late Col. James and Vera Leung. He was raised in Palo Alto and attended Paly High. Ronald served his community as a Los Altos Fireman, Palo Alto Police Officer and as a San Mateo County Sheriff...

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Jo-Ellen Varner
Aug. 3, 1951 - June 10, 2020
Atherton, California
JO-ELLEN VARNER died peacefully on June 10, 2020, in her home in Atherton, CA, grateful to be surrounded by her loving family. Jo-Ellen was born August 3, 1951, in Chelsea, MA, to Peter and Ellen Yarema. She and her brother, Peter (“Skip”), enjoyed, as she would say, a very happy childhood. The family moved to Los Alamos, NM, and Las Vegas, NV, where Jo-Ellen’s father was career Air Force, t...

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Samuel Joseph Traina Jr.
Aug. 27, 1929 - June 5, 2020
Shingle Springs,CA, California
On Friday, June 5th, 2020, Samuel Joseph Traina, Jr., loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully at the age of 90. Sam (known to friends as Buddy) was born on August 27, 1929 in Palo Alto, California. He attended San Jose State University, where he was a star running back on the football team. On November 11, 1950, he married high school sweetheart Betty Jo Miller. They raise...

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Christopher Michael Lundin
Dec. 21, 1952 - June 4, 2020
Palo Alto, California
Christopher Lundin passed away unexpectedly in the early morning of June 4th at his home in Palo Alto. Born in San Francisco in 1952 as an early Christmas gift to his parents, Walter Crocker and Alice Ferrera Lundin, Chris was the first of five children and gracefully performed the role of big brother until he died. He attended Our Lady of the Rosary School, Wilbur Junior High School, Cubber...

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Roland Alan Finston
Jan. 27, 1937 - June 3, 2020
Palo Alto, California

Tags: teacher/educator

Roland Finston, 83, of Palo Alto passed away on 6/3/20 after suffering an injury.  Roland was born in Chicago, IL and worked at Stanford University as a Health Physicist, and later as Dept Manager.  He graduated from University of Chicago in 1957 with a Bachelor of Physics and then a Master in Science in Health Physics from Vanderbilt University in 1959, and graduated from Cornell University in ...

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Bryce Perry
Jan. 27, 1946 - June 2, 2020
Palo Alto, California
Bryce Perry ’69 passed away on June 2, 2020. He was 74 years old. Bryce was born on January 27, 1946 in Duxbury, Massachusetts. His family moved to Albany NY, and Lewiston/Auburn ME before settling in Arlington MA. While in high school, Bryce was active in the chess club, did stop-motion photography, and published a newspaper called the Spectator. At Antioch College in Ohio, Bryce was i...

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Emanuel George Galdes
April 10, 1925 - June 2, 2020
Palo Alto, California
Emanuel (Manny) Galdes, 95 years young, died peacefully of natural causes on June 2, 2020 while surrounded by his loving family. Emanuel was born on April 10, 1925 in Naxxar, Malta to Anthony and Carmela (Bonavia) Galdes. Emanuel was a shy but active child who loved the sea. He spent as much time as he could swimming and fishing when he wasn’t helping his father out at the family bakery. After W...

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James Michael O'Malley
Feb. 28, 1925 - June 1, 2020
Mountain View, California

Tags: veteran, public service

Former Postmaster of Mtn View Pop Pop passed away peacefully at his longtime home in Mtn View, CA on Monday June 1st. Jim was born to Irish immigrants, Thomas and Mary O’Malley in Chester PA. After graduation from St James High School, he joined the US Marines and trained in Paris Island, SC. Upon discharge he met the love of his life, Lucille Downey, while working with the New York and Cuba...

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Paul Eugene Stoft
May 28, 1922 - June 1, 2020
Portola Valley, California

Tags: veteran

Paul Eugene Stoft passed away peacefully at age 98 on June 1. Born in Pittsburg, KS, the son of a minister, Paul lived through the dust bowl, earn a bachelors degree from University of Colorado, served 2 years in the Navy at the end of WWII, and then completed a doctorate at MIT in electrical engineering. During his long career at Hewlett-Packard he managed the section of HP labs that developed th...

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Jeanne Eckerman Larkin
April 7, 1930 - June 1, 2020
Palo Alto, California
Jeanne E. Larkin passed peacefully from this world on June 1 at her home in Palo Alto. She was surrounded with the love of those at her side as well as family and friends from around the world. She was born Mary Jean to the late Max and Arlene (Gardner) Eckerman on April 7, 1930 in Los Angeles, California. After graduating from Covina High School, she attended the University of California at ...

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Peter Wuntuh Lee
June 30, 1942 - May 31, 2020
Menlo Park, CA

Tags: veteran, business

If you ever met Peter Lee, you would know. You’d remember his smile, his humor, his unique charm, his blunt honesty. You always knew where you stood with Peter. And you could always count on him for a laugh. Despite his small stature (which he claimed to be 5’7” but was more like 5’4”), he had a huge presence. Peter was born in Watford Herts, England, on June 30, 1942, to Tuh Yueh Lee...

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William Johnson
July 21, 1934 - May 31, 2020
Menlo Park, California
William Brulé Johnson died peacefully at home on May 31, 2020 from complications of multiple system atrophy. He was surrounded by Jane, his wife of 57 years, and by daughters Rebecca Hogenhuis and Melissa Johnson. He is also survived by grandchildren Alexander and Valentina Hogenhuis. Bill was born on July 21, 1934, in Rawlins, WY. He moved at a young age to Southern California but continued ...

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